Botanical Roots: Why you should eat cabbage
Fresh cabbage cross section. (Photo: iStock)
Cabbage has been a staple in diets around the Caribbean region and the world for ages. The vegetable is available in a variety of colours and has a range of health benefits, whether consumed raw or cooked.
Increasing your intake of cabbage minimises the risk of a multiplicity of ailments, including influenza. In certain rural Jamaican communities for example, cabbage is boiled and the tea is used as a remedy to counter the effects of the common cold and flu like symptoms.
This wonder vegetable also helps to promote a healthy complexion, increased energy and overall lower weight.
The fibre and water content in cabbage helps to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. Eating wholesome amounts of fibre promotes regularity, which is crucial for the excretion of toxins through the bile and stool.
Dietary fibre also plays a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation, consequently decreasing the risk of inflammation-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
So whether your preference is the white, purple, red or green variety, if you are trying to improve your diet, cabbage is among your best options.